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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1985
  • pp: 3140–3145

Pulsed laser damage to optical fibers

S. W. Allison, G. T. Gillies, D. W. Magnuson, and T. S. Pagano  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 24, Issue 19, pp. 3140-3145 (1985)

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This paper describes some observations of pulsed laser damage to optical fibers with emphasis on a damage mode characterized as a linear fracture along the outer core of a fiber. Damage threshold data are presented which illustrate the effects of the focusing lens, end-surface preparation, and type of fiber. An explanation based on fiber-beam misalignment is given and is illustrated by a simple experiment and ray trace.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 25, 1985
Published: October 1, 1985

S. W. Allison, G. T. Gillies, D. W. Magnuson, and T. S. Pagano, "Pulsed laser damage to optical fibers," Appl. Opt. 24, 3140-3145 (1985)

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